Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself performing at major and regional venues across the country. Equally comfortable in the concert hall as on the operatic stage, Mr. Rubio’s Carnegie Hall Recital Debut which was met with great acclaim. The Opera Insider proclaimed that the “…recital was nothing short of stellar.” describing the performance as “…an hour of intensely passionate singing and playing. It could have gone on forever without complaint.”
Mr. Rubio’s recent engagements have included company debuts with Asheville Lyric Opera singing Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Skagit Opera singing Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, as well as debuts with the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Evansville Philharmonic as the Bass Soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Internationally he was seen on tour in China with the ISING! Internatioal Festival in 2014. Other engagements this season have included a return to Portland Opera singing Morales in Carmen, a reprisal of Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Brava! Opera Theater, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Vespertine Opera, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tacoma Opera, and as the Baritone Soloist in Carmina Burana in Seattle with the Spectrum Dance Theater. In past seasons was seen with Cincinnati Opera in Galileo Galilei, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte for Tacoma Opera, Bob and Ben in The Old Maid and the Theif, and The Telephone with Brava! Opera Theater, Marcello in La Bohème and Le Mari in the US premiere of the Benjamin Britten adaptation of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Vespertine Opera, and Portland Opera for the West Coast Premiere of Galileo Galilei, by Philip Glass. He also made his New York City operatic debut to great acclaim in Angel of the Amazon by Evan Mack, a world premiere production with Encompass Opera.
In the summer of 2011, he performed the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Music Academy of the West. The LA Times heralded him as a “…Figaro with an impressively booming baritone.” While in Santa Barbara, he was personally selected by legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne to perform for William and Catherine Windsor, the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at a high profile charity event at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. During the same summer, Mr. Rubio was selected as runner up in the prestigious Marilyn Horne Song Competition.
In 2010 he completed a 2-year engagement as a Studio Artist with the Portland Opera. During his time there, Mr. Rubio performed and covered over twelve roles for the mainstage, and performed two recitals as part of the Portland Opera’s recital series. His mainstage perfomances with Portland Opera include; Schaunard in La Bohème, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Mercurio in La Calisto, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marullo in Rigoletto, Barone Douphol in La Traviata, and Tancredi in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. His other leading credits include; Marcello in La Bohème, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr. Rappaccini in La Hija de Rappaccini, Papageno in The Magic Flute, and Masetto in Don Giovanni.
He received his Artist Diploma and Master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. José Rubio is a three time alumnus of the prestigious Music Academy of the West summer festival where he worked closely with Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones, and music staff from the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera. He has also spent three summers in Italy performing and studying language at the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca. Mr. Rubio has been a two time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Competition.
Mr. Rubio is excited and very proud to have been involved in contemporary operas that have produced original recordings. He is featured in two of Philip Glass’s operas that were recorded on the Orange Mountain Music label: Orpheé and Galileo Galilei. He can also be heard on Albany Records’ world premiere recording of Evan Mack’s American Opera, Angel of the Amazon.